Manchester United stalwart Paul Scholes has proposed a massive summer clearout at Old Trafford. Identifying four players who don’t quite warrant a future at United, the retired midfielder urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to sever ties with them.
The quartet of Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia are all out of contract in the summer and Scholes insists that the club rid themselves of the deadwood. Speaking on BT Sport, the United legend was certain he wouldn’t lose sleep over their futures if he were United manager.
During the post-match show, when asked if he would keep any of the four, the midfield maestro’s curt response was: “None of them.”
"There was a time when if United lost a player, no matter how big, it didn't matter."
"Sir Alex had difficult players, but he handled them!"
With contracts expiring and players eyeing options elsewhere…
Is there a big issue at Old Trafford?
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 13, 2019
United are reportedly fighting to keep Herrera in Manchester with rumours circulating of an imminent deal with PSG. Further, the club may have already triggered a contract extension with Darmian.
The former midfielder, however, was adamant that keeping Paul Pogba at the club was imperative to United’s immediate future:
“But at this point now, if you’re losing Paul Pogba. He gets some stick for his inconsistency, we know that, but he’s still scored 15 goals this season. If you sell Pogba now, you’re selling your best player.”
Hours before, Pogba’s spot-kick double ensured United would take full points against a resilient West Ham. The result keeps United in the reckoning for a top-four place, further underscoring the French midfielder’s importance to the club.